In today's technological advances, working from home has never been easier. The question is are you ready for a home-based business office? Do you have the skills to develop a website, drive traffic, and then convert that traffic into paying customers?
Most people who want to start a successful home-based business are skeptical. It's hard work, but you'll be your own boss, have flexible hours, and finally be able to chase that dream. Check out the video below as it breaks down the advantages of how to start a home-based business:
How do you feel about being your own boss? Is it exciting for you? When I first began my own business which allowed me to work from my home, I was thrilled to say the least. No more commuting and rushing out the door in the mornings. No more tugging at my panty hose and figuring out what to wear. I literally felt FREE to do as I pleased :) within boundaries of course! Also, the privilege of being a work from home mom allowed me to be there for my family. Find out your own reasons to be your own boss. Be sure this is something YOU really want for yourself and your family.
There is nothing better then doing something you love. If you are passionate about something you know will help solve a problem, create buzz or simply help others then you might just have a knack for business. Perhaps starting a business around that passion is your first step to being an entrepreneur.
It can be tough to be self-disciplined when working from home. There can be many distractions that can take you away from your business. I like to remind myself of the reasons WHY I chose to go into business for myself. Knowing when to separate business with family life is a challenge but can be easily obtained. Setting strict rules for my business is key which my family understands.
What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages to working from your home office? What are the necessary steps to reach your target objective? Keep a list of things that you can check off as you go along in this journey of home-based business ownership. The list should contain things like projections and cash flow as well. What do you need to get started? Equipments such as a computer, fax, phone, Internet service are all important elements to a successful home-based business.
Design a practical place for your home office where it is established that when you are working, there should be no distractions. Having kids around while you’re trying to work can be stressful. Your kids are not out to drive you insane (honestly) but a friendly reminder that they need to stay out of your office while you’re working isn’t out of place either. If you have toddlers who require your constant supervision, working is nearly impossible. Wait for naps, or do your work late at night or early in the morning. Or, hire a trustworthy teen to watch your child for a couple hours a day for a small fee so you can get your work done.
Renting a post office box is a smart move. Know when to keep your business mail separate from personal correspondence. Organization is key to a successful home-based business. Always keep your financial and business papers in an organized fashion so that you’re ready to tackle your business needs running.
Isolation is a big stress factor for people who work at home. While that nagging office mate or hateful boss added stress to your life before you started your own work from home business, sometimes loneliness and complete lack of interaction with other people can be just as stressful. The solution is to network with like-minded business individuals and stay connected. You won't feel as lonely when you socialize and you will meet great people at the same time. Also, when you network you never know where your next potential customer might be.
Keep family in tune with what you are doing. Invite them to participate in your dream of home-based business ownership. What can they contribute to make it possible to succeed? Make them feel just as important to you. When you involve family in activities, they won't feel left out. Make sure to take advantage of free time with your family by shutting off all electronics and concentrating on them.
Working from home means having the satisfaction of being employed with a combination of factors, the most prominent of which is ‘convenience’. What makes it so attractive is the convenience of flexibility, place, time and family. The increasing rate of traffic jams, cost of fuel, short-staffing in corporate offices and the easy availability of the Internet and computers are a few reasons that have made working from home a very promising means to earn an income for entrepreneurs.
Now it's your turn. Are you ready for a home-based business office? Let us know in the comments below.
About the author: Sonia Colon is writer/publisher of My Fashion E-Mall Blog & The Biz Buzz of A Latina Mom Blog. She is also owner at Books About Me. Sign up for the newsletter and never miss a powerful business marketing article plus receive a FREE eBook on ‘How to Rock Your Business with A Blog’.